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By Alexandra Forbes, guest contributor
I give a LOT of restaurant recommendations. Daily, almost. Surely, one of the consequences of being a restaurant critic. And one of the places in Montreal that I recommend a lot is Joe Beef. Yeah, that little place on Notre Dame St, a bit off the beaten bath, that has gotten a ton of press in the US, owned by that friendly ogre of a chef, Dave McMillan.
Now... surely, if you live in Montreal you're tired of hearing about him. But for those of you who don't: he's one of the city's best-known chefs, who, after leaving Globe (a hot spot of a few years ago, best known for the hot waitresses in tight dresses), went off to create his own mini-empire of hip little restaurants.
Turns out McMillan hit the jackpot with Joe Beef. It was an instant hit, the tiny restaurant a favorite for its party vibe, top-notch oysters and enormous, carefully-prepared dishes. Soon after he opened, I went, loved it, wrote about it and started recommening it.
But that was a couple of years ago and... I never went back. 'Till last night, that is. Slow night, not much happening, so - hey! - why not have a little bite and a glass of vino at Joe Beef?
Sat at the bar. Service was nice enough, although the friendly barman Eric - a DJ - was wearing his own plaid shirt, super caj, if you know what I mean. Just kinda... hanging. He'd recently created a cocktail called the suburban - bourbon, OJ, ginger beer, homemade bitters, black tea syrup. Not bad. Not bad at all (he gave me a little taste).
Great oysters. Delicious wine by the glass - don't ask, wrong pairing! And then came.... the most outstanding grilled octopus, previously poached in wine, with peeled yellow and red cherry tomatoes, the purest expression of late summer, all the garlicky goodness of the sauce enveloping the tender tentacles. Yum.
Fun night, fun place. Hey... that's why I've always recommended Joe Beef.
Joe Beef: tel. (514) 935-6504
2491 Notre Dame West
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by Fiona O'Connor
"With anywhere from 4 to 6 million motorcycles in Saigon alone, Vietnam's streets are a chaotic tangle of noise, motion and pollution. Working from a series of personal photos taken from the busiest intersections throughout Vietnam, David Shaw's new collection of watercolours captures the anonymous travellers of the world's most congested urban centres, making revealing narrative portraits of the otherwise invisible."
If the name rings a bell, it's because you might have seen it before on Montreal For Insiders: just days ago, David Shaw was one of four DJ's who graced the Terrace McAuslan and its industrial surroundings for Pop Montreal's Italodisco Bike-In, held this Saturday past.
On Thursday August 20th, Shaw presents us with an entirely different kind of artistry, this time, a series of watercolour paintings based on images he collected while traveling in Vietnam.
"Each painting in the series is a labour to capture an unguarded moment from an almost faceless commuter in the unending parade of Vietnam's traffic," writes Shaw in his artist statement. "I want the viewer to absorb not just the individual, but also the act of taking an ephemeral moment and binding it down to a piece of paper; the process of hunting for an image, shooting it, preserving it, and mounting the thing on the wall."
If the sample works featured here are any indication, Shaw's efforts to capture the individual faces and "ephemeral moments" in his collection of arresting portraits will prove successful. Equally successful, I suspect, will be Shaw's ability to fascinate and impress the minds of those who come to see his latest oeuvre. The race to claim one of Shaw's striking pieces will no doubt be tight, so if you're in the market for buying, come to Blizzarts early - before the St-Laurent haunt morphs from gallery space into Main hotspot.
The Outside Dream opens at Blizzarts, 3956A St-Laurent Blvd. on Thursday, August 20th from 8-11pm. Exhibition runs until September 3rd.
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